Bishop Fred A. Jones & the Jones Family Singers
Rocks Off doesn't mind telling you he's been on a high from MLK Day and the impending inauguration for a while now - since he broke out U2's The Unforgettable Fire and cranked it Saturday morning, pretty much - and the euphoria only seems to be increasing. Which is a nice change. Change we can believe in, you might say.
Tonight, a pair of events a couple of miles or so apart on Alabama should both send MLK Day off in style and set the table for tomorrow's historic inauguration. (Don't bother calling or emailing Rocks Off between 10 a.m. and noon tomorrow, btw.)
At the Rothko Chapel, probably the best traditional gospel group in Texas, the Bay City-based Jones Family Singers, will perform a special MLK tribute concert at 7 p.m. If you haven't heard this family's rapturous Staples-like harmonies and unadulterated gospel joy - memo to House of Blues: just give these guys a permanent residency at the weekly gospel brunch, already - what are you waiting for? Rocks Off knows money is tight, but trust him, you'll get every last cent out of that $5-10 donation.
Meanwhile (almost...6:30-8:30 p.m.), at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, local multimedia curator the Aurora Picture Show hosts "Change We Can Dance To," an installation compiling many of the Obama-related videos that have been so ubiquitous across YouTube, Vimeo and probably your monitor at work in the past year or so. The bill of fare includes Mariachi Aguilas de Mexico's "Viva Obama," Wicked Awesome Films' "Obama Song," Ken McDaniel's "Barack On" (above) and many others, though it doesn't say whether ObamaGirl made the cut.
Refreshments will be provided, and the Station's "Iraqi Artists in Exile" will be available for viewing before and afterward. Please click here to RSVP.